- The tarsier looks permanently alarmed thanks alone to its gigantic eyeballs
- Cats also seem to have a particular affinity for displaying dramatic expressions
- Thespians might also want to study a melodramatic koala pictured below
One thing’s for sure, these animals are not actually performing.
But that doesn’t render their facial expressions any less entertaining.
Some creatures look permanently astonished by their very nature – the tarsier, for example, found on the islands of Southeast Asia, has the largest eyes comparative to its body size of all the mammals, which gives it a mesmerisingly melodramatic visage.
And it’s easy to see how meerkats, with their overtly sassy stance, have proved popular enough to get their own reality TV show.
Cats also seem to have a particular affinity for displaying dramatic reactions, and the ostrich might just be the most judgmental-looking bird on planet earth.
Here, MailOnline Travel presents a gallery of perfectly-timed snaps of stars who surely deserve an Oscar.
Wait a minute: Did this koala just have an existential moment? No, it’s probably just chomping leaves
It’s a mouse! Quite what startled this tabby cat to such a degree may forever remain a mystery
Surprise! The tarsier, found in the islands of Southeast Asia, has the largest eyes comparative to its body size of all the mammals, and as a result looks permanently astonished
Talk to the hand: If this sassy meerkat, captured at Australia’s Monarto Zoo, were in fact human, you wouldn’t want to cross it
Honestly Carol, I’m speechless: Perhaps of all the animals in the world, monkeys most closely mirror human emotion – this one being no exception
Save yourself! In all reality, this adorable mammal was just snapped mid-gesture. To us, he looks like the noble martyr of an unknown cause
Give her an Oscar already: This photo was captioned ‘my boyfriend warned me about his dramatic cat, but I wasn’t ready for this’
She said yes! A meme-worthy raccoon if ever there was one, and a Photoshopped engagement proposal to top it off
No way: This magnificent fancy-footed owl, which was snapped after it turned up outside a bar, looks as though it’s just been party to some very juicy office scandal
Don’t even look at me: This portrait of an otter was captioned ‘when you’re mad at bae but still wanna hold hands’
Well, I never: To be fair, it is most likely a yawn. But it’s nigh impossible not to anthropomorphise this delightful black fox cub anyway
Can I help you? With their upturned snouts, boxer-like breeds have a tendency to look uppity at the best of times. Wrap one in a blanket and you’ve got yourself a full-on pout
Having a Miley moment: A seal who apparently cannot hide its sheer delight at something just off-camera
Horror in the tank: A deeply charming gawping turtle, who may or may not just have seen a ghost
Aghast: A pair of young lion cubs, glued to whatever car-crash situation is unfolding before them
Next-level attitude: Ostriches do appear, for whatever reason, to look extremely judgmental at all times
Nothing to see here: No, this grey squirrel has not just been caught robbing a bank. A nut, perhaps
Get off my turf: These rolling Scottish highlands aren’t big enough for the both of us
Curtain call: Abnormally large peepers and a pair of splayed hands – this frog looks to have discovered a whole new world
Oh no he didn’t! If we didn’t know any better, we’d think this monkey, snapped in Sri Lanka, was watching some serious drama unfold